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Recalls

September 08, 1980
Hazard:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced that more than 87,000 additional hair dryers are being recalled because they were manufactured with asbestos. The majority of the dryers are professional hand-held models sold for use in barber shops and hair salons.

Remedy:

K-Mart: Consumers whose dryers are in working condition can exchange them for a depreciated cash refund of $1.79, or a new Westminister brand AM/FM "Weather Band'' radio (model TV1 or TV2). Dryers should be mailed by no later than February 15, 1981, to Service Center, Hiroaka New York, Inc., Room A22, 111 8th Avenue, New York, New York, 10011. Postage costs will be reimbursed.

Rolf Brauchli, Inc.: The firm will replace each asbestos liner with a liner made from mica at no cost to consumers, who should return the dryer to the barber shop or beauty salon where purchased, or to Rolf Brauchli, Inc., 8044 N. Lawndale, Skokie, Illinois, 60076. Professionals should mail the dryers for repairs directly to the firm at the address listed above. Both professionals and consumers will be reimbursed for postage and insurance costs.

Nino Originals: Consumers should return the dryers to the place of purchase for free repairs to remove the asbestos liner. Professionals should mail the dryers for repairs to Nino Originals, 6632 Penn Avenue S., Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55423.

Select Beauty Brands: Professional hair stylists and consumers should mail the dryers to Select Beauty Brands, Inc., 333 Westbury Avenue, Carle Place, New York, 11514. The firm will replace the asbestos heat shield with a mica shield at no cost and will reimburse postage costs.

Units:

Approximately 87,000

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (800) 638-2772
August 25, 1980
Hazard:

The turntables were wired improperly so that "safety fuses," which serve as circuit breakers, do not operate. In the event of a short circuit, consumers could receive a severe electrical shock by touching any metal part on the turntable or any metal components connected to the turntable.

Remedy:

Owners should contact the dealer from whom the unit was purchased or the Philips Consumers Affairs Department to make arrangements for free repairs. The company's toll-free number is 800-251-9104; in Tennessee, call 615-521-4460, and ask for Consumer Affairs.

Units:

Approximately 5,600

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (800) 251-9104
August 21, 1980
Hazard:

Approximately 2,300 stuffed mobile toys which may pose a strangulation hazard to infants are being recalled by their importer, Albert E. Price, Inc., of Bellmawr, New Jersey.

Remedy:

Parents immediately should cut off the cords and the spring. To receive a full refund, consumers should return the toy to place of purchase.

Units:

Approximately 2,300

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (800) 638-2772
August 07, 1980
Hazard:

The crib decorations are manufactured in such a way that, if kicked or handled by an infant, the fabric designs may slide from one side of the elastic cord to the other. Such actions may expose enough elastic cord to present a potential strangulation hazard if parents place the product too close to the infant, according to CPSC staff.

Remedy:

Consumers who own this product may obtain a free repair kit by cutting the elastic cord, removing the fabric designs and mailing only the cord and plastic rings to: Rainbow Artisans, Inc., 19 Troy Drive, Livingston, New Jersey 07039.

Units:

Approximately 8,000

July 21, 1980
Hazard:

The saws can accommodate several types of blades, including a carbide-tipped blade often used to cut soft metals. Because a carbide-tipped blade is thicker than the original blade provided with the saw, consumers may improperly fasten the carbide blade to the motor shaft, creating the possibility that the saw blade may spin off the saw while in use.

Remedy:

Consumers immediately should stop using carbide-tipped blades with these saws.

To obtain a free repair kit, complete with installation instructions, consumers should contact their local Sears retail store or call toll-free 800-845-4781.

Units:

Approximately 55,000

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (800) 845-4781
July 21, 1980
Hazard:

Following a very low rate of consumer return of potentially hazardous aquatic spear guns the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and AMF Voit, Inc., are repeating public warning of the hazard and urging consumers to participate in a free repair program. These spear guns may contain defective triggers and as a result may fire accidentally even though their safety catches are engaged.

Remedy:

Consumers who own the AMF or Sears models should disassemble the unloaded spear gun handle assembly (which includes the grip and the trigger) from the gun barrel by removing the screw holding the two parts together.

To obtain free replacement parts, the gun handle and the shaft of the spear should be mailed to the nearest AMF Voit outlet listed below [see Recall Description]. All postage costs will be reimbursed fully; parts should be mailed by insured fourth-class parcel post, with a return receipt requested. Consumers should NOT return the gun barrel, the spear point or the shock lines.

Units:

Approximately 97,300

May 23, 1980
Hazard:

The product is intended for use by children ages 18 months through 3 years old, according to the manufacturer. It was designed to include a space between the upper rung of the ladder and the platform, which is small enough to enable children to trap their heads and potentially strangle or asphyxiate.

Remedy:

Remedy Updated: The Creative Playthings company that conducted the recall no longer exists. The replacement ladder is no longer available. Consumers should discard or destroy the ladder if they still have this product.

The firm had redesigned all gym houses manufactured since January, 1980 with an expanded 7.5-inch distance between the platform and the upper rung of the ladder, greatly reducing the likelihood of head entrapment.

Units:

Approximately 400,000

May 14, 1980
Hazard:

Approximately 600 infant toys known as "crib exercisers" or "baby chains" are being recalled because they may pose a strangulation hazard to infants.

Remedy:

Consumers should return the toys to the place of purchase for a full cash refund.

Units:

Approximately 600

May 08, 1980
Hazard:

More than 40,000 air-compression home and garden sprayers used to disperse pesticides and other chemicals are being recalled by their manufacturer because the product may explode or rupture during use. The hazard was created by an improperly located weld on some sprayers which weakens the bottom, causing a rupture or explosion when the sprayer is pressurized.

Remedy:

Consumers who own one of the sprayers being recalled should not use it. Consumers should empty the contents: remove the strap, pump, and hose-and-nozzle assembly; and mail the metal canister for immediate free replacement to Marimar Manufacturing Company, Inc., P.O. Box 359, Chadwicks, New York,13319, or return it to the place of purchase for handling. Consumers will be reimbursed for postage costs.

Units:

Approximately 40,000

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (800) 638-2772
April 22, 1980
Hazard:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of more than one-half million hair dryers and styling combs which were manufactured with asbestos. The recall includes professional hand-held hair dryers sold for use in barber shops and hair salons.

Remedy:

Under voluntary corrective programs approved by the Commission, the two firms have agreed to replace the asbestos linings in the dryers and stylers with non-asbestos materials. Consumers who own one of the Andis dryers can obtain the location of the nearest repair center by contacting Andis at its toll-free number 1-800-558-9441. Consumers who own the Presto dryers should mail the dryers and stylers for free repairs to National Presto Industries, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 54701.

Units:

Approximately one-half million

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (800) 558-9441
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